One Page Profiles in the Curriculum
This month I want to talk about the relationship of One Page Profiles within the curriculum as a whole. In order that One Page Profiles are meaningful to children, parents and teachers, it is essential that there are clear links to work already being done in the classroom. Being a ‘bolt on’ is not really an option. The Profiles need to be integral to at least one aspect of teaching and learning.
This way, they become self sustaining; there will be a set point every year when they are revisited, revised, updated.
Here at Norris Bank, we place a high priority on building the SEAL curriculum into everything that we do (SEAL = Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning). The school year is divided up into six sub headings, each building on skills that are taught and experienced through assemblies, teacher led class sessions, small group activities and circle time sessions.
The Spring half term topic is entitled ‘It’s Good To Be Me’, and the areas of study fit the different sections of the One Page Profile perfectly. During this topic, children reflect on their strengths, as well as the strengths of their peers. Their self awareness is developed. Social skills are also worked on, as the children have to reflect upon and comment on their relationships with others. They are encouraged to articulate how their feelings affect their behaviours.
By developing the One Page Profile during this half term topic, the children’s thoughts are recorded in an attractive and accessible form. This can then be developed as the rest of the year progresses, and form part of the dialogue between teachers on transition, as well as used during the Summer Term Parents evening meetings.
We shared our One Page Profiles work with our local Member of Parliament, Ann Coffey. She said, “This is a fantastic way into personalised learning, and entirely reflects the Every Child Matters agenda. One Page Profiles were also part of our successful submission for an Inclusion Quality Mark. The photo is from the award ceremony.”
By building the One Page Profile into the curriculum means that children, teachers and parents become familiar with the format and purpose, and use it to build better relationships with a more informed approach to teaching and learning.”